The English Inn
The English Inn

The English Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.englishinn.com/
  • Phone: 5176632500x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday: 1:00pm - 7:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French, British
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Adriana Flynn 5176632500x
  • Entertainment: Live pianist during Dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South of Columbia Hwy.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The English Inn
•Distinguished Restaurants of North America(DiRōNa) award winner
•An award winning wine list
•Authentic English pub on the garden level
•Alfresco dining on our terrace during the summer months
•Live pianist playing dinner music on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
• Major Credit Cards Accepted
• Reservations recommended
•Winner of Lansing’s Best of the Best Award
•The English Inn is a non-smoking facility
•Private Dining rooms available
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The English Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (83)romantic (68)scenic view (53)notable wine list (37)fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (23)great for outdoor dining (21)great for brunch (16)great for lunch (14)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great place for weddings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We booked a table at the restaurant for our 50th Wedding Anniversary because they serve a chateubriand for two. Ours was reasonably touch (for a filet?), and overcooked. We were not pleased with it, needless to say. Our daughters wanted to buy our meal, but we were presented with a check. The server apologized, but it was, in our view, a serious screwup. We stayed the night, and that's another story....a comedy of errors. Have your wedding there...beautiful spot, but don't stay in the room with the dead bugs....word to the warning!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SpartyBoilerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    2nd time there. Great service, very good food. Had lobster tail cooked perfectly, filet Mignon also done perfectly. creme brulle and flour less chocolate cake for desert. Outstanding service. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • special night out
    retiredandluvinit
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We took some out of town guests to The English Inn for a special dinner and we had a wonderful experience. The food, service and ambiance were all top notch. We got a definite sense of pride in their job from every staff member that we encountered. we look forward to returning again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    judyfromLansing
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A perfect place to enjoy a very Special Meal. We celebrated a birthday and it was the perfect selection!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Like it for outdoor dining
    corpeater
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and requested (online) a table by the window. We were brought to a table in the middle of the dining room. When I asked to be seated next to a window, we were accomodated. We usually dine outside, but due to inclement weather, dined inside. The staff was more pretentious than I remembered. The hostesses were nice but seemed a bit green.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant Romance!
    Bruno
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    In today's world, one doesn't find an elegant world class restaurant very often. The food is exceptional. The service is a throw back from the days gone by. The atmosphere is quiet and romantic. The staff is well trained in service and treat you like you are royalty. It is wonderful to know that restaurants of this caliber still exist in our fast pace world. The grounds are beautiful and worth the walk around. They now have banquet facilities on the property and we were told the chef is involved in the food for that facility, so the food would be fantastic for an event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Friendly4
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our 4th visit. Love the ambiance. Service was mediocre - we felt rushed. For the first time the food was not presented well. Enjoyed the piano music. Had to ask for hot coffee since we were served warm coffee. At those prices we expected more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration
    doctor33
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My dining experience was great. We were celebrating a 50 year anniversary . We were able to enjoy a drink, then a wonderful salad and not be rushed. The rest of the evening (enjoying our meal into the sunset) was every thing one could enjoy. Thanks for the memories.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • English inn was great!
    Love2dine
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I thought the English inn was a great experience that people would love every once in a while for special occasions. It was very good food and very nice people!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wedding anniversary
    gwc2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Celebrated our wedding anniversary at the English Inn this year. We try to find a new place every year. We are going back again just for the food. Looking forward to showing the family our new "find" when they next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Enjoyable
    LraepVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our party of 3 was put in a small room with a big table of families celebrating their mom's b'day. We could have been put in the Restaurant's main room (it wasn't full) so we could have a quiet dinner, while that family had an exclusive room to themselves. Service was indifferent. Although food was good, it wasn't so great to tempt us to go back again!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a special night.
    Mistere213
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The English Inn is a charming place out in the country. They clearly do what they can to maintain a classy, old fashioned ambiance. The staff are very friendly and attentive. While this place is a bit pricey for me to be a regular, it's a great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude
    PattiG
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food good steak not done right first time. Took care of it. If my first impression of place the bartender I would not go back! RUDE!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    pct1949
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    the English Inn is a romantic restaurant in a beautiful old home. The setting is pastoral, with many gardens surrounding the restaurant. The service was superb and the food was absolutely perfect. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who seeks to dine well and relax in a lovely old home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A True Gem
    Laserijk
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    On the recommendation of a coworker, I planned an anniversary dinner with my wife at the English Inn. It was charmingly British, seemingly right out of the English countryside. The ambiance was exactly what I had hoped for - comfortable and intimate. A piano (played by a real, live human being!) provided a nice background. The service was good, though diners should not expect the kind of turnaround you get at a chain restaurant. Good food takes time. Our waiter was pleasant and attended to us perfectly. Last but certainly not least was the food. Simply put, it was excellent. My wife had filet mignon which was cooked perfectly and was amazingly tender. I had the rack of lamb which was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food and service at the English Inn is excellent. Our table had a view of the grounds, which are lovely. It was our wedding anniversary and the room filled up with a somewhat large group that was celebrating. If you want a quiet table, you'll want to be sure to ask for it when you make reservations.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary
    2die4VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The English Inn, on a beautiful knoll in a pastoral rural setting offers a Sunday repast worth driving an hour or more for. $23 for a 5 course Sunday dinner that features prime rib, really? Yes! The homemade soup, dinner salad, palate cleanser and dessert and a choice of entrees, 19 dollars if you have chicken, fish or beef tips, are well prepared and the service is terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will Not Return
    Notpleased
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Dinner was bland. Service was fair. No questions from staff on how we liked our food during our meal. Once the waiter realized we weren't eating our dinners other than to taste them, he did not return to our table. I even had to ask the water pourer to have the waiter bring our check. The staff at the door when we came in was not very pleasant other than the woman who seated us, and ignored by all staff as we left. We will not return!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebration
    jmpk
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our favorite restaurant for celebrating special occasions. We celebrated our 25th anniversary last year and food and service was outstanding. We celebrated our 26th again this year. Only comment is that the lobster stuffed walleye portion was small and would have liked mashed potatoes instead of risotto, but otherwise it was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience, unimpressive food.
    eatontucky
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant had very nice ambiance, and excellent service. The food was unimpressive, except for the desert, which was superb (cheesecake for me and creme brulee for her). I ordered my prime rib medium rare and it looked like it hadn't even been cooked. The seasoning was also lack luster. Overall a nice time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a hidden gem
    Karen
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This historic Inn and Restaurant was a hidden gem and I'm glad my husband and I found this place. We're planning our next trip around staying here. We were passing through and not on a final destination. It was raining cats and dogs and small children when we arrived so we didn't get to see the grounds at all, but i could tell from the windows looking out at brunch they were surreal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our last visit; we won't go back
    Hungry1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    On our visit, we noted the lack of servers. Our server was very efficient and always moving, but had too many tables to manage. The worst part of the visit was the food. Not one person in our party could finish the food. The lobster risotto was lacking in lobster, and rich in gluey rice. Salads were all great; my companions were in agreement. Our plates were barely touched and should have been a cue to our server; we were compassionate to her plight and did not send our meals back or cause any fuss for her. She was seriously overworked and managed to keep a great attitude.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    impressed
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fine dining at its best! Loved every charming detail. Food, atmosphere, professional staff, fantastic gardens! Definitely a Gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We were at least 30 minutes late, we had called for directions as the GPS was faulty and our visit to see a friend in the local hospital took longer then anticipated. The directions were friendly and accurate. We were greeted with the utmost courtesy, shown quickly to a table for two with a pleasant view. Mike, our waiter was prompt and pleasant. The delicious meals were served with pleasantness to the eye and a pleasure to the nose. The kitchen was slower then I had anticipated, but the room was nearly full which was not obvious as my back was to room and it was very quiet, allowing me to have a nice conversation with my lovely wife, with whom we were celebrating her 71 birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steak tartar disappointing!
    1steaksnob
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I've been spoiled by the amazing versions of this dish that appear on many menus. The meat itself was good but I could have done the presentation myself--a spoon of mustard, a few capers and some chopped onions. Step it up! On the other hand, the papardelle with wild mushrooms was delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinners
    Andy
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We celebrated our birthdays with dinner and the service and meals were outstanding. Our wait staff was very attentive and the host was friendly and even brought us a lithograph of the building when she heard it was my wife's birthday. Price was very in line and portions were such that we could still get dessert afterwards and not feel stuffed or needing more. All in all, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional
    Dinerpam
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We celebrated two 90th birthdays, requested and received a quiet table, enjoyed a delightful view of the back terrace & grounds, and our meals were exceptional. Started off sharing the salmon bruschetta, two people had petite cut of prime rib prepared as requested, another the lobster risotto which was delish, and the lobster stuffed walleye was deemed very good. Only downer was the Yorkshire which was dry. Presentation nicely done, portions adequate, service was exceptional. This is a beautiful old home with lovely gardens and amenities. Highly recommend..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oasis
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    An oasis in the country. Beautiful setting, superb food and service. A real classy treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mistycat
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I always enjoy a trip to the English Inn because the food and service and ambience are of the highest quality. This visit met all my expectaations. Also the lovely gardens during the Summer are an added treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creating Memories
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We came for our first anniversary after getting married at the English Inn one year prior. Everyone knew it was our anniversary, from the hostess to the server to the manager, and they made sure to wish us a happy anniversary. They were even able to fulfill our request of re-creating the top tier of our wedding cake. The food was superb, and the atmosphere was romantic. What a perfect way to celebrate our first anniversary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chuck
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I don't get there very often but after a visit there I regret not going more often. Everything about it is fantastic! Beverages, food, ambience, service are all top notch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for leisurely Sunday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great food, and the Sunday special makes it affordable for me.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goinn2800
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Thank you for helping us to celebrate my friend's birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Val & Mick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We celebrated our 3rd anniversary at the English Inn. Dinner and an overnight stay in the Bath room. Everything was wonderful. We didn't realize we could have upgraded our room and would have. The room was fine but small. But after viewing the other rooms we knew why ours was the least expensive one they offer. Mostly because of the size, although the bath was huge re: the name Bath. It was a perfect evening for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Beautiful elegant gem....
    foodieonthego
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had a wonderful afternoon at the English Inn in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. We met friends we each drove about 1 hour, one from the west and one from the east, it worked out perfectly, we pulled through the beautiful gates at the English Inn at the same time. The mansion was beautiful with all the charm of a little Downton Abby. Food was excellent and the service could not be better. We toured the home and grounds and we decided it will be our meeting place from now on. LOVED the ENGLISH INN.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Special
    Dancisak
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The English Inn is always a special treat. I would say it is the only true fine dining establishment in Central Michigan. The unique setting provides ambiance not found elsewhere. The chef always has new food experiences!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Amazing food, amazing service with a great atmosphere and views! Looking forward to my next visit
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent birthday location
    Excellent
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We celebrated multiple birthdays. The service was polite, knowledgeable and had impeccable timing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    It was a great way to spend our 50th anniversary. Menu selection was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for quiet romantic evening.
    RKMK
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food and service were very nice. We were able to tour any open door rooms of the historic converted Inn. The grounds are also beautifully landscaped and well maintained for a quiet evening stroll. Great for a romantic dinner and quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.